Martinez: It's hard to say when Hazard will be ready

Posted Tuesday, June 08, 2021 by

Martinez: It's hard to say when Hazard will be ready

Eden Hazard played just 10 minutes in Belgium's last friendly ahead of the 2020 European Championship, but coach Roberto Martinez stressed that their objective was just to see him stepping onto the pitch.

Following two injury plagued seasons at Real Madrid, Hazard came off the bench in the 82nd minute of the game against Croatia with the score at 1-0 to make his first appearance for Belgium since November 2019.

"The target for Eden is for him to be on the pitch," Martinez told the press conference after the game.

"It was almost a psychological step. The minutes didn't matter. Now he will have to get more minutes. The next step will be in training. He has to take that step forward without risk, in a safe way.

"It is difficult to say when he will be ready, I think it depends on many things. What matters is that he is medically well now. I want see Eden Hazard happy, with a smile on his face, and making the difference."

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